Striking Viral Image Captures Lightning Bolt, Rainbow in Arizona


Greg McCown posted this stunning image he took of a rainbow and lightning bolt to Facebook on Aug. 8, 2015. (Credit: Greg McCown)

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A striking image of a bolt of lightning that appeared to strike over a rainbow in Arizona has gone viral after the Tucson-based photographer who took the picture recently shared it on Facebook.

Greg McCown was driving on the 10 Freeway with two other photographers when the trio encountered a sudden microburst, he wrote in a Facebook post Aug. 8. Traffic slowed to a crawl, with some cars pulling over and stopping completely.

A short time later, after parting ways with the other two, McCown decided to head southeast toward a rainbow and stopped to take photographs. He stated in the post that he had been trying to get a photo of lightning and a rainbow together in a single image for years.

“I was just trying to find a foreground without telephone poles or other junk in the way,” he wrote. “Found it just in time as this was the last bolt to strike before the storm dissipated into nothing.”

The result was a photograph that quickly went viral once it was posted on social media.

By early Wednesday afternoon, four days after McCown posted it on Facebook, the image has been shared more than 71,000 times while receiving some 72,800 likes on his page alone.

It has also been featured in a number of national media outlets.

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